SHOW JUMPING – BATTLE FOR OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION CONTINUES THIS WEEKEND AT ZURICH
CORK’S Billy Twomey and Tipperary’s Denis Lynch will continue Ireland’s battle for two Olympic places in show jumping when they compete at the World Cup show in Zurich, Switzerland, this weekend.
Following a fourth place finish in the World Cup class at Leipzig in Germany last Sunday, 34 year-old Twomey now heads the unofficial Olympic qualification table, but Lynch is close behind in second.
Points gained at Zurich will enable the duo to fight off the challenge posed by riders from rival countries who are also attempting to secure the three available individual slots for London this year, which will be allocated on March 1st.
Also competing at Zurich will be Antrim’s Jessica Kurten, who last week showed a notable return to form when she won the Amsterdam Grand Prix, and Niall Talbot, who was Ireland’s fifth man in last year’s European championship contest.
Marion Hughes, Lucy Buchanan and Michael Hutchinson fly the Irish flag at the three-star show in Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates, while Cian O’Connor, Shane Sweetnam, Richie Moloney and Kevin Babington compete at the Horse Ireland-sponsored third week of the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida.
In France, meanwhile, Alan Kelly and Tom Davin line out at the two-star show in Marcq en Baroeul, while Irish dressage rider Sonia Zugel competes at Wellington, Florida’s three star event.